The Way to San Jose

San Jose

San Jose

After stalking the Easyjet website for a week or so I finally decided to fly to Almeria in the bottom, right hand corner of Spain.  From there I travelled on to San Jose in the Cabo de Gata national park.

I’ve been here before; around ten years ago, when I was living in Malaga, I drove up for a few days. I always said I’d like to come back so finally here I am.

harbour

harbour

San Jose is not exactly party capital of Europe, if that’s what you’re looking for. It’s a small white town with a pile of bars/restaurants, a small harbour, one bank, two ‘supermarkets’ (really more like little corner shops) and a collection of pretty little beaches. I did fear that in the intervening ten years they may have turned it into a ‘resort’, but that doesn’t seem to have happened.

windmill

windmill

The whole area remains largely unspoilt, good for walking/hiking, good for finding deserted little coves (try doing that in neighbouring Malaga now) and good for watching the sunset with a glass of Tinto de Verano.

getting a bit crowded on the beach?

getting a bit crowded on the beach?

Nearby there are goldmines (a legacy from the area’s own little gold rush), there are some salt plains (popular with bird-watchers) and there is Europe’s only desert in nearby Tabernas.

Public transport is limited (effectively non-existent), so I have broken my own promise and hired a car. I managed to get it out of the parking garage without hitting anything this time, so I am already a hundred percent up on my last trip to Spain. Spacial awareness seems to be my problem; I have trouble judging the width of a gap or concentrating on two things at once (reading a signpost and turning the car for example). There is comparatively little traffic on the roads here though, so that helps.

I really would like to beat this; driving is such a useful skill and it seems a waste that I effectively lose this skill simply through eight years of non-use whilst living in Asia.  I’ll keep you posted.

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4 replies »

  1. Thanks for reminding me of beautiful San Jose. It’s been nine years since I have visited San Jose and the surrounding beaches, national park, etc. but I have always planned to go back one day. Is “David the Bookman” still around? Anyhow, great way of being reminded of a beautiful and peaceful place, thanks!!! And yes: no car – no good there…

    • Well I think you’ll find it still much the same if you do come back; haven’t found the bookman but you never know.
      I’m glad it’s not just me who thinks this part of Spain is so great. I told a couple of other people about it last time and they went and declared it ‘boring’. But to me it’s just reassuring that there is still a part of Spain that the developers haven’t got to.

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